Top cop arrested for corruption during early morning raid in Joburg

Top cop arrested for corruption during early morning raid in Joburg

- A high-ranking police official was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning in a raid at her home in Johannesburg

- This arrest is in connection with the supply of emergency warning equipment for the SA Police Service in 2017

- This follows a number of arrests, including that of former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane

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A top-tier police official was nabbed during a raid on her home in Johannesburg during a pre-dawn operation carried out on Monday morning.

In a statement issued on the matter, Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala commented that this is the 13th accused set to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on charges of corruption, fraud, theft and even money laundering:

"Her arrest and appearance relate to the supply of emergency warning equipment for the South African Police Service in 2017. The contract price and exposure to the police fiscus was R191 million. However, R65 million was paid to the service provider. The payment of R22 million was stopped at the advanced stage of the ID's investigation into the matter."
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The raid was carried out in the early hours of Monday morning. Image: Twitter/ @SAPS
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News24 reports that a number of police officers have been taken into custody, including former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, former Gauteng police commissioner Deliwe de Lange, Gauteng deputy police commissioner Nombhuruza Lettie Napo and a string of other top cops.

The civilians arrested include millionaire Vimpie Manthatha, who owns Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement.

Manthatha's company had been awarded a contract to provide blue lights, sirens and radios to the South African Police Service for vehicles. The suspect had allegedly supplied fraudulent tax clearance certificates to the SAPS in tender documents submitted at the beginning of the bidding process.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the South African Police Force has announced that a 47-year-old was arrested for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Fund.

The woman was taken into custody by the Hawks on Friday morning with the SAPS commenting that:

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"A 47-year-old director of a company in Malamulele has been arrested today for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Funds over R3 million on behalf of her former Malamulele Extended Public Works Program (EPWP) workers."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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